Tortoise shell has such a luxurious look and feel. Produced mainly from the shell of the hawksbill turtle, it was widely used to produce such items as combs, jewellery, sunglasses and guitar picks. Not only is it lovely to look at but it is also quite durable. In the 1970’s the hawksbill turtle was declared an endangered species and the trade of tortoiseshell worldwide was banned under CITES. (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species). While it is possible to acquire gorgeous antique pieces – for example boxes, trays, mirrors and furnishings – we can also still enjoy the look of tortoise shell in faux wall coverings and glass ware too. Authentic or faux, tortoise shell accents lend a rich quality to any room, both classic and contemporary. I love the creative incarnations captured in this collection of photos.